FREEPORT — A Panama City Beach man is in jail for possession of drugs and drug equipment after he was found asleep at the wheel of his truck on the side of U.S. Highway 331, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy was dispatched at about 2 a.m. May 23 in reference to a disabled vehicle on U.S. 331 in Freeport. When the deputy arrived, he noticed the man asleep at the wheel with the truck still in drive, an arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office said.
The deputy noticed a knife in the man’s lap and an open alcoholic container with orange liquid between the man’s right leg and the center console.
When the deputy tapped on the window, the man woke up but didn’t understand at first what was going on. The deputy was able to open the driver’s door and remove the knife from his lap, the report said.
The man followed orders from deputies while his vehicle was searched. According to the report, deputies found a rolled up plastic bag containing a white crystal substance in the driver’s door compartment. The substance was identified as methamphetamines.
While continuing the vehicle search, the man began arguing with a deputy while attempting to conceal a Crown Royal bag inside of his pants, the report said.
Inside the bag, deputies found a small scale, a glass pipe with brown residue, a small bag filled with meth, a bag with a small amount of marijuana and a hypodermic syringe filled with a clear fluid.
The man was arrested for marijuana possession, drug equipment possession and two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.